Well, Brett Rattner and Eddie Murphy are out of the Oscars for good. But – I’m thinking it’ll all work out in the end, because producer Brian Grazer is in, and Billy Crystal has signed on to host!
I was upset that Eddie Murphy had quit, because I think he would have been amazing. But now that Billy’s on board, I’m even MORE excited, because Billy is – in my humble opinion – the best Oscar’s host there’s ever been.
The comedy veteran and eight time Oscar host tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he would be hosting the Oscars, though he added a sarcastic aside: “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”
If true, Crystal will take over for Eddie Murphy, the planned host who withdrew on Wednesday after Brett Ratner resigned from his producing post on Tuesday night. Ratner left amid controversy, including making a homophobic slur at a screening of his new movie, “Tower Heist,” last week.
New producer Brian Grazer, who took over last night, was allegedly trying to bring Murphy back into the fold, but instead has turned to a beloved choice to right the ship.
Variety later Tweeted the confirmation, saying “BREAKING: THE ACADEMY HAS CONFIRMED THAT BILLY CRYSTAL WILL HOST THE 2012 OSCARS.”